7 Videos To Help You Increase Productivity
This article is a compilation of several videos I recently watched on productivity.
I embedded the videos so you can watch. Some are short (3-7) minutes; others are lengthy (22 minutes or more). They all discuss key concepts that help you become more focused.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but set aside time (time you could be using to do projects) and watch these videos’ In the long run you will learn important keys that will help you manage your time, get focused and accomplish more.
Do these things and you will build a better life.
Let’s get started.
Video #1: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
In this TEDx Talk, David Allen explains how reducing stress enhances productivity.
He discusses the power of of ‘appropriate engagement.’
I have three big take-away’s from this talk.
One: It takes time to develop the right habits that leads to productivity.
Two: It is awkward and uncomfortable when you first put ‘right practice’ into play in your life. It doesn’t seem natural; but it is necessary if you want to grow.
Third: Specific, yet mundane behaviors can bring about huge dividends in your life when they are consistently applied.Mundane behaviors can bring about huge dividends in your life when they are consistently applied. Click To Tweet
Click the image above to watch David Allen. The video is 22 minutes long, but worth a watch.
Video #2: The Science of Productivity
This short video from AspSCIENCE discusses how focus is vital to productivity.
Key take-away’s from this video…
One: Will power is not enough. It takes more than ‘try harder’ to be productive.
Don’t depend on will power; depend on the habits you put into place in your life.Don't depend on will power; depend on the habits you put into place in your life. Click To Tweet
Two: Use the Zeigarnik Effect. In essence this phenomenon states that it’s hard to ‘not complete’ a task that you begin. The human brain wants to complete the loop. When we don’t complete a task we experience discomfort.
So the key is to begin. If you get started on a project, chances are you will work to complete it.
Third: More practice is not the key. Deliberate practice is.
Intense work is better than work spread out and diluted throughout the day.
Four: Give yourself a deadline.
The human brain takes the deadlines we establish and figures out how to best get the work done in that time span.
The cool part is that it does this automatically.
Use accountability charts (learn how in the video) to help.The human brain takes the deadlines we establish and figures out how to best get the work done in that time span. Click To Tweet
Five: Stop multi-tasking.
Make a list of the big things you need to accomplish and focus on one at a time.
Break it down into bite-size task and focus on eliminating one at a time.
Focus is the key to productivity.
Watch this video by AspSCIENCE. It’s just over 3 minutes long. But it’s power-packed with useable information.
Video #3: Productivity Hack #1: Deep Work
Deep work is ‘professional actvities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit.
Key take-away’s are:
One: Distractions keep us from a state of ‘flow’ when things are flowing and we are riding the wave of productivity. We often call this ‘getting into the zone.’
Two: Work can be more fun than free time when you are in the zone and productive.
Three: Schedule deep work so you can get super focused.
Four: Create your work space so it is distraction free. This way you can get in the zone easier.Create your work space so it is distraction free. This way you can get in the zone easier. Click To Tweet
Five: Learn how to recharge. You can’t stay in the zone forever, so you need to learn how to maximize that time by recharging your battery.
Watch this video by Freedom in Thought. It’s under 7 minutes and presents practical ways to achieve ‘FLOW’ in your work.
Video #4: 5 Lessons from ‘The Productivity Project’ by Chris Bailey
The Productivity Project is a book by Chris Bailey that takes a deep dive into the science behind productivity.
Here are the Key take-away’s and lessons from the video…
One: Accomplish more by managing your time, attention and energy better.
Two: There are six procrastination triggers that make you adverse to doing the task you need to do.
The six triggers are:
4. Unstructured or ambiguous
5. Lack personal meaning
6. Lack intrinsic rewards
Three: We each have our own ‘best time’ to do things when we are super productive.
It’s important to understand and know your own internal clock so you can maximize those times.
Four: Our future selves are strangers to our present selves.
Sound weird? It is.
The basic concept is that we can’t really get a clear picture of what our life will look like in the future in terms of stress. So it’s easier to ‘over book’ our schedule because we can’t project our current stress into the future.
We can use this psychological trick to our advantage.
Five: Use a ‘task list’ for things you need to do.
But also have a ‘waiting for’ list. A list of things others have to do before you can proceed with your projects.
Watch this video posted by Thomas Frank. It’s a little over 7 minutes long.
Video #5: My Productivity Tips: How to Increase Productivity and Get More Things Done
This is a video from ‘Jane’ a third year medical student. Her Youtube channel is ‘TheStriveToFit.’
Here are the six things she covers…
1. Track your time and see what you can cut out
3. Create an environment where you can work.
4. Take Breaks!
6. Perseverance and Self Control.
Coming from a woman who has a lot to juggle this video is very helpful.
Video #6: This Phone Hack Will 10X Your Productivity by Improvement Pill
Our phones are the single biggest distraction and hindrance to productivity.
In this video, Improvement Pill discusses two things you can do to disarm your phone from controling your life.
1. Disable notifications from Social Media platforms
2. Move Social Media apps and icons off the main page of your phone.
Watch tis video and learn how to apply these two keys to icnrease your productivity.
Video #7: 10 Essential Productivity Apps for Iphone and Android
This is another video from Thomas Frank. In this one he gives 10 phone apps that can help you get more done.
Here’s his list:
7 Minute Workout
Check them out and see which ones work best for you.
The Power of Clarity by Brian Tracy
Setting and Achieving Goals Now by Think Right Now!
The Daily Goal Machine (Software) plus bonuses
This is an excellent software that sets timers for every task and helps you monitor and manage both your time and projects. A ‘must use’ tool for those who work on projects. I’ve used it for a while and wouldn’t want to start a big project without it.
That’s it for our productivity video list.
It’s your turn now…
What productivity hacks do you use to get more done?
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